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As population growth and it's attendant problems increase exponentially, numbers in coastal areas increase in a rate above that of national averages, leading to dense and highly populated areas lying in very close proximity to ocean and estuarine bodies of water. Tsunamis occur too infrequently enough to be in the back of people's minds when they decide to relocate to coastal areas to live, yet they happen often enough, and with such devastation, that local and governmental authorities are concerned enough to begin various programmes of measurement, prediction, warning, mitigation, and emergency response. Given the shocking extent of devastation on the coastal Papua New Guinea communities by tsunami in July, 1998, and the media reaction following, it is clear that much more effort needs to be paid to these programmes by the relevant authorites. By applying data and knowledge based on experience from the PNG tsunami, and other important historical tsunami events from around the world, to the coastal populations of the Pearl River Delta, in Guangdong province, China, I hope to highlight the importance becoming more aware of this potential problem.

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